IRAN WATCH CANADA

Monday, April 20, 2015

The General Secretary of The Iranian Teachers Organization is Arrested !

According to news from ILNA , on Sunday morning Mr. Alireza Hashemi the general secretary of  Iran's Teachers Organization is arrested .
His arrest is based on a sentence against him from 2009 which was suspended or delayed .
He is charged is based on his advocacy on teachers rights and his meeting with the family's of those imprisoned teachers . He was sentenced to five years imprisonment.



Link:
http://news.gooya.com/politics/archives/2015/04/195969.php

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Wave of Workers Protest continues Almost Daily.......And The Reason, The Worsening Living Condition !


Labor Rights 
Every day there are tens of strike or protest by Iranian workers and that is because of the worsening living condition , Delay in monthly salaries , factory closures , imprisonment of labor leaders and many other issues.
Here is the workers protest in the last two days:
1- Workers at " Navard Louleh Safa " has gone into the strike since last Sunday .
2- 600 workers of Energy Power Plant from all over the country gathered in front of the President office . The reason for this protest is because the working situation of 5000 workers isn't fixed .
3- Close to 300 Workers from power plant in the city of Tabriz gathered in front of the regional power plant building on Sunday and protested against the privatization .
4- 270 workers from " Machin Alat Sanati " For tractors making gathered on Sunday in front of the governors office and demanded their delayed salaries be paid . The workers sat on the asphalt of the street and prevented the traffic from flowing .
5- Workers from Isfahan Petro -Chemical gathered on Sunday in front of the Parliament  in protest against the privatization and their contract situation .

IRAN WATCH CANADA: The list goes on and on ..........
Is Iranian working class going to be the major force behind the future protest ?

Link:
http://www.akhbar-rooz.com/article.jsp?essayId=66526




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Five More Prisoners Are Hanged Inside Islamic Regime's Prison !


The Killing Machines of the Islamic Regime Continues .... 
According to the International Committee against execution , early this morning five more prisoners are hanged inside Karaj Central Prison. These prisoners were charged with drug trafficking and sexual assault .
In recent weeks fifty prisoners were hanged in three different prisons : Ghazal Hesar, Karaj Central prison and Rejaei Shahr prison.

Link:
http://www.akhbar-rooz.com/news.jsp?essayId=66505

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Thursday, April 16, 2015


For Immediate Release

Australia: Bishop Should Press Iran on Rights During Visit
Abuses, Persecution Cause Many to Flee Abroad

(Sydney, April 16, 2015) – Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop should raise human rights concerns with senior Iranian officials during her visit to Tehran on April 18, 2015, Human Rights Watch said in a letter to the foreign minister released today. Bishop is the first senior figure in the Australian government to visit Iran in more than a decade.

Bishop should press the government of President Hassan Rouhani to end widespread restrictions on freedom of expression and association, persecution of ethnic and religious minorities, discrimination against women, and the alarming rate of executions, including of child offenders.

“This rare visit is a golden opportunity for Australia to demonstrate its concerns for Iranians’ human rights,” said Elaine Pearson, Australia director at Human Rights Watch. “Despite hopes for improvements under President Rouhani, repression continues unabated in Iran, leading people to flee to seek asylum elsewhere, including in Australia.”

Bishop is likely to ask Iran to take back failed asylum seekers, following an April 11 statement by the Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott who told reporters “we’ll be talking to the Iranian government about taking back people who are Iranian citizens, because they deserve to be in Iran.” In 2012-2013, at least 70 percent of Iranians claiming asylum in Australia were determined to be legitimate refugees. Bishop should press Iranian officials to address the violations that compel people to flee Iran and to seek protection elsewhere, Human Rights Watch said.

Iranian security forces arrested several thousand protesters, political opposition members, and activists following the disputed 2009 presidential election. Rouhani won the presidency in the subsequent presidential election, in 2013. But scores of those detained in 2009 remain locked up or under house arrest, including the former opposition figures and presidential candidates Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi. Iran has also has among the world’s highest numbers of journalists and social media activists in prison.

Bishop should also raise the issue of the death penalty with Iranian officials, Human Rights Watch said. In 2014, Iran carried out the second-highest number of executions of any country in the world, exceeded only by China. Nearly half were on drug-related charges. At least 14 were child offenders, according to Amnesty International, making Iran the country with the world’s highest number of executions of people who committed crimes when they were children.

“After her strong statements against the death penalty in Indonesia, Bishop should use her Tehran visit to show that the government has a consistent, principled position by calling for a halt to Iran’s seemingly insatiable appetite for executions,” Pearson said.

For more Human Rights Watch reporting on Iran, please visit:
http://www.hrw.org/middle-eastn-africa/iran

For more Human Rights Watch reporting on Australia, please visit:
https://www.hrw.org/asia/australia

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Thousands of Iranian Teachers from All Over Iran Protest in a Silent Gathering .............They Have Demanded for the release of their Imprisoned Colleagues , An End to Discrimination and For A better Living Condition !

Thousands of Iranian Teachers from all over Iran today Thursday protested in a Silent Gathering and demanded for the release of their imprisoned colleagues , an end to discrimination and for a better living condition.
Teachers from almost every city's in Iran joined the protest today.
A look at this protest by pictures:



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Teachers From All Over Iran Protested ..........Will Iran Face Major Protest in The Coming Years ?


Teachers from all over Iran protested in front of the ministry of education in their city's over what they call discrimination, low living condition and for the freedom of their Teachers Union leaders from prisons cells.



The city's that have joined the protest are as follows :
Kermanshah, Karaj, Saveh, Isfahan, Hamadan, Sanandaj, Shiraz, Marivan , Khoramabad, Zanjan, Yazd, Aligodarz, Khodabandeh, Bojnourd, Ghazvin, Zahedan, Oroumieh, Darab, Ghom, Abhar, Kerman, Arak, Paveh, Hormozgan, Bandar Abbas, Kamiyaran, Tehran, Ilam and many more city's around the country .



Link:
http://www.akhbar-rooz.com/article.jsp?essayId=66457



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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Islamic Regime in Iran Hanged 34 Prisoners in Just 3 Days !


According to International Committee Against execution just in three days from Last Sunday to Tuesday 34 prisoners were hanged by Islamic regime in Iran prisons.
These executions happened in three prison : Ghazalhesar prison , Rejaei Shahr Prison and Karaj Central Prison.

On Tuesday In Ghazalhesar prison 15 prisoners were hanged
On Sunday in Rejaeishahr prison 11 prisoners were executed
The names of eight prisoners were not released but the rest are available and all these prisoners were drug dealers .

Link:
http://www.akhbar-rooz.com/article.jsp?essayId=66432


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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Iranian Teachers Protest For Living Condition - According to Pictures...........


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Ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani : The Presence Of Cruelty and Violent behavior Against Prisoners Inside Prisons !


That is what Ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani the right hand man of the founder of the Islamic Republic Ayatollah Khomeini said recently which brought anger among the ISIS and Taleban Style Iranian fundamentalists Islamists circle and even caused the commander of Sepah,  Mr. Jafari to react on that.



Mr. Ejeie the spokesperson for the judiciary power also in his 77th press conference session commented on what Ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani said about prison situation in Iran , Mr. Ejei said: "If what has said , not proven , it can be categorized as accusation and creation of public disturbance ."
http://www.rajanews.com/news/207929

What Ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani said about prison and prisoners situation in Iran , have been said for years under this Islamic Regime by political prisoners and human rights organization in and around the world .






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Monday, April 13, 2015

European parliament angers Iran with human rights resolution


Islamic republic dismisses MEP accusations of freedom of speech restrictions and call for executions moratorium


Iran has reacted angrily to a European parliament resolution calling on diplomats to shine a spotlight on human rights in their negotiations with Tehran as part of a new strategy towards the country.
Iran's foreign ministry summoned the Greek ambassador on Sunday in protest at the resolution, passed by MEPs in a plenary session last week, which condemned the Islamic republic's record for "continued, systematic violation of fundamental rights". Greece currently holds the rotating presidency of the EU.
Foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, who spoke to members of the Iranian parliament Majlis at the weekend, dismissed it and said the EU parliament was "not in a position, nor has the moral authority" to take such measures against his country.
The new resolution called for the EU "to mainstream human rights in all aspects of its relations with Iran" and asked European diplomats to make sure that "a high-level and inclusive human rights dialogue with Iran should be part of the future policy framework for bilateral EU–Iran" ties. It condemned the restrictions on freedom of speech and urged Tehran,
which along with Iraq accounted for more than two-thirds of the world's executions last year,
to declare a moratorium on the death penalty. The resolution reflects the parliament's view but does not have legislative force.
EU parliamentary delegations planning to visit Iran are also asked to hold meetings with members of the Iranian opposition including political prisoners and civil society activists. Last month, Catherine Ashton particularly infuriated Iranians when she met six women's rights activists in Tehran
during her first visit to Iran as the EU foreign policy chief.
The new resolution has come ahead of a new round of talks between Iran and six world powers on a comprehensive agreement that could potentially settle a decades-long dispute over Tehran's nuclear programme. Negotiations are due to kick off in Vienna on Tuesday.
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Ashton, who acts as a convenor for the six world powers in the nuclear talks, came under attack for raising human rights concerns in Tehran but enjoys relative leeway among Iranians in comparison to other western politicians after she brokered the interim nuclear deal with Iran last year.
In his comments to Iranian MPs, Zarif said Tehran could not accept EU's "conditions" and will block any visit to Iran meant to happen under the resolution's criteria. The foreign minister also said the human rights accusations were fabricated by groups close to "Zionists".
Last week's resolution commended President Hassan Rouhani's administration for a series of improvements on human rights, including the release of prominent lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh, but called on the Iranian authorities to release all remaining prisoners of conscience including trade unionists, labour activists and those jailed after the disputed presidential election in 2009. The EU also urged Tehran to allow the UN special rapporteur for the situation of human rights in Iran, Ahmed Shaheed, to visit the country.
On the nuclear issue, the European parliament welcomed the interim agreement, sealed last year in Geneva, and called on all parties "to engage constructively in the negotiating process so that the final comprehensive agreement can be concluded within the agreed time frame".
A number of senior Iranian officials echoed Zarif in dismissing the EU's decision, interpreting it as meddling in Iranian internal affairs.
Ali Akbar Velayati, a senior adviser to the Iranian supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said it was a "pressure tool" and accusations were groundless, according to the state-run Press TV. "These kinds of unjust and groundless judgments are of no value to the Iranian nation," he said.
Ali Larijani, the speaker of Majlis, said the EU resolution was politically motivated.
"As a matter of fact, this resolution is nothing more than a political statement in terms of the method used for compiling the contents to show the European parliament's symbolic position, which has no executive power," he said, according to the semi-official Fars news agency. The foreign ministry spokeswoman, Marzieh Afkham, also called it "unfounded and unacceptable", Fars said.
A group of Iranian MPs said they would retaliate by passing a bill requiring the government to take fingerprints of any EU delegation visiting Tehran. Mohammad Ali Movahedi Kermani, the Friday's prayer imam, accused the EU of spreading "homosexuality" after the resolution slammed Iran for discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.

 Link:
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/apr/07/eu-
parliament-angers-iran-human-rights-resolution

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Teachers From Khouzestan Province Protest !


According to news , on Sunday 12 April Teachers from the city of Ahwaz in Khouzestan province gathered in front of the Ministry of Education office and called for increase in their salary and better living condition.
Other area in Khouzestan including Andimeshk and Alwar also rallied in front of the ministry of education for a better living condition.

These protests are the continuation of series of protest by teachers from last winter .

Also, a group of teachers in a statement called all teachers in Iran for a day of action on Thursday April 16.

Link:

http://www.akhbar-rooz.com/article.jsp?essayId=66381

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Sunday, April 12, 2015


The Islamic Republic of Iran has been falling in the index since 2003 and moderate conservative Hassan Rouhani’s installation as president in June 2013 has not had a positive impact on freedom of information. The authorities have closed newly-created news outlets and, with the active cooperation of a judicial system controlled by the Supreme Leader, the Revolutionary Guards have orchestrated a wave of arrests resembling the one unleashed five years earlier after President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s disputed reelection. The Rouhani administration has played a role in the arrests as a silent accomplice. Iran continues to be one of the world’s five biggest prisons for news and information providers, with 50 journalists and netizens currently detained.

Position since 2002

YearPosition
2014#173 /  180
2013#174 /  178
2012#174 /  178
2011-
2010#175 /  173
2009#172 /  170
2008#166 /  168
2007#166 /  164
2006#162 /  161
2005#164 /  161
2004#158 /  158
2003#160 /  158
2002#122 /  134

2015 World Press Freedom Index

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Saturday, April 11, 2015

ON the Burial Procession of President Khatami's Mom , People Chanted : "Our Message is Clear , The House Arrest Must Come To An End " and " Ya Hossein Mir Hossein " - ...

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